PREVIEW: #7/7 Ohio State vs. #5/5 Maryland

 

Feb. 7, 2016

#7/7 Ohio State vs. #5/5 Maryland

Date: February 8, 2016 | Time: 9:00 p.m. | Venue: Value City Arena | Location: Columbus, Ohio

TV: ESPN2

Radio: 1460 AM

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Setting The Scene

  • The clash between to the Big Ten's top two teams is set for Monday night when No. 7 Ohio State hosts No. 5 Maryland.
  • Tip-off is set for 9 p.m. ET from Value City Arena.
  • The Buckeyes have won six-straight games and are looking to halt Maryland for the second time this season. OSU has an overall record of 18-4 and 10-1 in B1G play.
  • Maryland has won nine-straight games since falling to the Buckeyes on Jan. 2 and come into the contest with a record of 21-2 overall and 10-1 in the conference.
  • The game will be televised on ESPN 2. Beth Mowins and Stephanie White will call the action.
  • The game can also be heard on ESPN 1460 AM in the Columbus area and on www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com. 

Noting The Buckeyes

  • The Buckeyes are second in the conference and are fourth in the country in scoring at 85.3 ppg.
  • The 85.3 ppg puts the Buckeyes on pace to break the school's single-season scoring record of 83.2 ppg which was set by the program's only Final Four team of 1992-93.
  • Ohio State is ranked 7th in both the AP poll and coaches polls.
  • The Buckeyes have made 67 three-point field goals in the last seven games (9.6 per game).
  • The Buckeyes have won 11-straight home games.
  • Alexa Hart is shooting 73.0 percent (92-of-126) from the floor over the last 15 games.
  • Since the start of conference play, Hart leads the conference in shooting percentage at 71.3.
  • Senior Ameryst Alston and sophomore Kelsey Mitchell were each named to the Mid-season Wooden Top 20 and the preseason Naismith Award Watch Lists.
  • Mitchell was also named to the Ann Meyers Drysdale Midseason watch list.
  • Mitchell is fourth in the country at 24.7 ppg and Alston is 51st at 18.4ppg.
  • Mitchell has made 30 three-point FGs in the last seven games.
  • When Mitchell and Alston each score 20 points in a game, the Buckeyes are 20-3, including 10-1 this season.
  • Alston is 6th in school history with 1,966 career points. She is 34 points away from away from 2,000 in her career.
  • In just over a season and a half, Mitchell is already 19th on OSU's career scoring chart at 1,417 points.
  • The Buckeyes had their school-record streak of 11-straight games of 80 or more points stopped at Rutgers on Jan. 24.
  • Ohio State grabbed 50 rebounds against Indiana on Jan. 7, marking the first 50-rebound game for the team since Dec. 14, 2010.
  • The Buckeyes have faced five top-10 teams already this season, including all four of last year's Final Four teams.

Maryland Snapshot                           

  • Since losing to the Buckeyes on Jan. 2, Maryland has not lost.
  • The Terrapins enter Monday's game with a record of 21-2 overall and are tied atop the B1G standings with the Buckeyes at 10-1.
  • The Terrapins lead the conference in a number of categories and is third in the country in scoring at  team at 85.9 points per game.
  • Maryland also grabs more rebounds than any Big Ten team and has the top mark in field goal percentage and field goal defense.
  • All-American candidate Shatori Walker-Kimbrough leads the team in scoring (19.5 ppg), steals (48) and blocks (26). She is coming off a career-high 41-point game against Purdue and 30-point game vs. Michigan State last Friday.
  • Center Brionna Jones is one of the premier post players in the country. She is averaging 14.6 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.  Jones is also second in the country in shooting percentage at over 66 percent.
  • Brene Moseley is the third Terrapin averaging in double-figures at 12.7 ppg. She also tops the squad with 139 assists.

Series History vs. Maryland

  • The Buckeyes and Terrapins are meeting for the ninth time overall and just the third time in a Big Ten regular season game.
  • Maryland leads the all-time series 5-3.
  • The Terrapins had won four-straight in the series before the Buckeyes won 80-71 earlier this season in College Park.
  • The first three meetings in the series all came in NCAA Tournament games.
  • Maryland won both games last season, 87-78 in College Park during the regular season and 77-74 in the Big Ten Championship game in March.

 McGuff vs. Maryland

  • Head coach Kevin McGuff is 1-5 all-time in matchups with Brenda Frese and Maryland.
  • He dropped both ends of a home-and-home series with the Terrapins in 2004 and 2005 while at Xavier.
  • The Buckeyes then fell at Maryland in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge in McGuff's first season. Last year, he dropped both meetings, including a 77-74 loss in the Big Ten Championship game.
  • His lone win was a big one as the No. 8 Buckeyes upended No. 5 Maryland 80-71 earlier this season on Jan. 2, 2016.

Last Time against Maryland

  • Ohio State had one of the toughest opening schedules in the country and finally got a signature win, besting No. 5 Maryland 80-71 in College Park, Md. on Jan. 2.
  • After a slow start in the first half, the Buckeyes came out of the gate fast in the second half and took its first lead of the game at 44-42.
  • Maryland briefly regained a two-point lead but a Kelsey Mitchell three-pointer put the Buckeyes in front for good late in the third quarter.
  • Ohio State would extend the lead throughout the fourth quarter and led by as many as 11 down the stretch.
  • Mitchell scored a game-high 28 points to go along with 4 assists, 4 rebounds and 4 steals.
  • This was Mitchell's 11th game of the season with 20 or more points.
  • Alexa Hart was 10-of-12 from the floor and finished with a season-high 20 points.
  • Shayla Cooper notched her fourth double-double of the year and the 11th of her career with 11 points and 10 rebounds before fouling-out early in the fourth quarter.
  • This was the first win for Ohio State over a top-5 ranked team since Dec. 20, 2006.
  • The loss was the first ever for Maryland in B1G play and the first to a current Big Ten team since 2007.
  • The Buckeyes won the battle in the paint for eighth-straight game, besting the taller Terrapins 34-14 inside.

Sharp-Shooters

  • Monday night's game will be a battle of two of the country's best sharp-shooters in OSU's Alexa Hart and Maryland's Brionna Jones.
  • Hart is shooting 66.5 percent for the season and is just one field goal make away from meeting the NCAA minimum of 5.0 FGs per game.
  • Hart's shooting percentage would be second in the country.
  • Jones is shooting 66.1 percent from the floor and is currently occupying the second spot in the country.
  • Hart is shooting 71.3 percent in B1G play which is tops in the conference. Jones is not far behind her at 60.7 in B1G action.